The Los Angeles Lakers have recently cut ties with one guard to make room for another.
The move could help them as they look towards a deep playoff run and possibly, another championship banner for the rafters.
Based on recent rumors, the team will have more than a few players stop by to work out for the team as an audition to grab that roster spot.
Two of them have been LeBron James’ teammates and one of them even won a championship with him.
Lakers waive Troy Daniels
The NBA Playoffs are still over a month away, but that’s closer than ever, and the Los Angeles Lakers realize they’ll need some additional help. To address their needs, it appears the plan is to bring in another capable playmaker/scorer.
They’d join current options such as Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Alex Caruso, and Quinn Cook.
On Sunday, the team waived Troy Daniels, per ESPN’s report. Daniels was averaging 4.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game. The good news for Daniels is he could still land on a team’s roster for the playoffs.
According to his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, “Rob [Pelinka] and Kurt [Rambis] were fantastic in giving Troy optionality based upon all the scenarios that could play out in the coming weeks.”
Absolutely one of the hardest decisions of my life. But it was best for ME..! I’ve been tested in my life before and I have came out the storm on my feet every time. What a pleasure it was to be apart of such a unbelievable organization of the @Lakers pic.twitter.com/FA5ldRiDF1
— Troy Daniels (@troydaniels) March 2, 2020
Lakers to hold workouts for two guards
The rumor mill has been in overdrive in terms of who the Los Angeles Lakers might add for their roster to solidify their shot at winning the NBA title.
Recent reports, including ESPN’s, indicate that Dion Waiters is one player that will bring in to see how he might fit for their situation.
Waiters spent the past four seasons as a member of the Miami Heat. This season he’s only played in three games. However, over the past three seasons, he averaged double digits in scoring, including 15.8 points in 2016-17. Waiters also averaged 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds.
In a new report as of Monday morning, Shams Charania indicated the team plans to work out veteran J.R. Smith as well.
Smith first arrived in the league in the 2004-05 season. He last played in the 2018-19 NBA season, but only for 11 games. With the Cavaliers in that most recent season, he averaged 6.7 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.6 rebounds a game.
However, he also was LeBron James’ teammate during the 2015-16 championship run in Cleveland.
Many fans also remember the infamous blunder during the final seconds of a key game in the 2o018 NBA Finals. That’s where LeBron became furious with JR Smith, and the game against Golden State went to overtime.
However, time passed, and most likely the familiarity they have one another is a key factor in determining who the team might add to the roster.